The War: A View from the Villages

THE WAR A View from the Villages Binh Thoi, not far from Saigon, was once a prosperous farm village with red-tiled roofs, gas lamps and fertile coconut and orange groves that stretched as far as the eye could see. U.S. troops and Viet Cong guerrillas left it a wasteland. Chu Thao, a teacher from nearby Bien Hoa, describes what happened: "Not a blade of grass survived. The surface of the earth was as flat as the forehead of a bald man. Here and there the trunks of fallen coconut palms...

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